Kerstin Mende-Stief

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Kerstin started her career in the late 90s at UUNET in Wholsale and helped many ISPs build the Internet in Germany. After the dot-com bubble burst, she remained loyal to telecommunications and worked at Interroute, Easynet or QSC.

In 2009, she moved into high security. At genua, she and her colleagues primarily served companies in the defense industry. Three years later, the technology lover changed completely and went freelance as a management consultant. In 2012, she started as a consultant for Boston Server & Storage Solution, Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity and others.

Milestones were an own storage congress in 2019 in Leipzig and another one in 2020, which took place only virtually. 2020 also arose the idea of publishing our own magazine. Initially, data://disrupted® was a German-language online storage journal. Since 2021, the platform has also reports on cloud computing and IT security. Together with her husband Wolfgang Stief, they publish the data:express podcast on trends and technology updates in enterprise IT.

The business economist earns her money by writing blogposts and press releases, translating blog and website texts, and doing technical marketing for companies and startups in B2B. Every now and then she gets the chance to work on technical documentation or concepts as well.

Since 2005 she has been a reviewer for business plans of startups in the Start2Grow network. She initiated within the Open Source Business Alliance together with Thomas Uhl and Georg Klauser the project “”Deutsche Wolke”” – a reference stack for an open source based cloud infrastructure. A fan of open source and open standards, she sometimes gives talks on e.g. “”Business Models with Open Source””, technical marketing for startups or “”80 Years of Cloud Computing””.

Kerstin likes Seymour Cray mainframes, large networks and is obsessed with next generation firewalls. She lives with a husband, a cat and a tomcat in the wasteland just outside the German-Austrian border. Her dream is to eventually emigrate to Eastern Europe, perhaps Bohemia or the Balkans.